UPDATE from today’s discussions with NSW government: dealing with COVID-19 in our buildings.
It’s Happy Hour! Heidi Dening shares her tips for building resilience and confidently stepping into a leadership role during these extraordinary times. Amanda covers off the current state of the law in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA when it comes to strata meetings in person. Can we meet online instead?
In this call, I assist James with a number of problems currently facing him in his 2-lot scheme, including: life after compulsory management his neighbour’s refusal to agree to adequate levies the illegal installation of a fence on the common property the installation of a surveillance camera reimbursement for costs expended on behalf of the […]
Assistant strata manager Donovan had been saving up all the ‘hard’ questions for just this call! The call is jam-packed with practical information for strata managers and committee members alike, including my answers to Donovan’s questions about by-law enforcement, committee meetings, defects warranty periods, subdividing common property and more. Here are the links to the […]
In this call, I arm Carol with the tools, resources and contacts that will help her successfully put her building’s strata management contract out to tender. As an owner in a small Western Australian strata scheme, Carol is also concerned to understand the correct legal procedure for council (committee) meetings. We talk about the specific […]
Dean is an owner in a Western Australian strata scheme. His strata council has taken to wheel clamping visitors parked in the designated visitor-parking area, should they overstay their welcome. Dean asks: does the strata company need a by-law to be able to do this? (they don’t have one). Is it legal for the strata […]
Chris is an owner and committee member in a NSW scheme and wants to know if its possible to require only those owners benefiting from common property work to pay for that work (known as “the benefit principle” in Victoria). We talk this through, and also discuss a way that his scheme can legally stop repairing and […]
Member call no. 12: Khristina deals with a surprise change of plans for an owner’s bathroom renovation
Khristina is a committee member in her Sydney strata scheme. An owner’s partially complete bathroom renovation has come to a standstill due to additional work being identified. The committee has been left in a state of confusion over whether this additional work constitutes repair and maintenance, or improvement and enhancement. The owner suggests it’s repair […]
This week, we have our first “fire guy” on the show – Rob Broadhead of 2020 Fire Protection. I ask Rob to demystify the fire protection game for us, including letting us know what kind of qualifications a ‘competent fire safety professional’ is supposed to have (apparently, ‘breathing’ is about as high as the bar […]
Henry comes to us from Victoria with a few challenges relating to tenants who fail to comply with the by-laws. I arm him with strategies to combat the bad behaviour, including methods for communicating effectively with the property manager/leasing agent. We also discuss CCTV and how the installation of CCTV sits comfortably with a ‘right […]
YSP Podcast Episode 177: Owners taxed on OC income | display of fire statement | lot property defects | conversion to strata
This week, Reena and I cover: the tax ruling that requires lot owners to declare income received by their owners corporation on their individual tax returns why every building really should have a notice board how an owners corporation can assist owners with the rectification of lot property defects, and the first court-ordered collective sale […]
This week, Reena shares an unusual challenge: what happens when the developer sets aside your car space for disability parking in order to meet a DA condition? I question the meaning of “financial year” in the strata context, and we both celebrate client wins relevant to successful insurance claims.
This week, I’m joined by Chris Irons: Queensland’s Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management. In a wide-ranging discussion, we cover: the unique nature of his role why his office is partnering with the likes of QLD police to deliver the right messages to residents creative responses to the increased demand for good information legislative […]
Bruce is an owner and committee member in a NSW scheme that is functioning reasonably well, but is ready for some revitalising after 17 years. This includes bringing fresh ideas to the strata committee. In this call, I give Bruce some strategies for how he might assist an ‘ok’ strata committee transition to a ‘great’ […]